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Cheeks are one of the things that we first notice in a person’s face. Plump and elevated cheeks give out that youthful appearance, which is why some people would say that cheeks are one of the key areas of the body which determines your age.

Aging, unfortunately, makes the cheeks sag due to volume loss. Strenuous physical activities such as weightlifting may also be the reason why there’s volume loss on your cheeks which results in a deflated appearance.

Cheek implants also called as malar implants are one of the more enduring and permanent surgical methods that can bring back the volume of the cheeks that lacked contour.

This type of surgical method is proven safe and pretty straightforward, and the postoperative recovery does not take a long time.

Who are Good Candidates for Cheek Implants?

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If you’ve tried and enjoyed the results of dermal fillers and wants to have long-lasting, enhanced and plumped cheeks, then cheek implants are the way to go.

If you’re one of those persons who have:

  • A flat face that lacks in contour, this might be due to genetics or aging.
  • The structure of the cheeks is limp.
  • Lost cheek volumes, because of strenuous physical activities and aging.

Then you can be a good candidate for cheek implants. Be sure to consult a trusted surgeon first to know which procedure would work best for you.

How Much Does Cheek Implant Surgery Cost?

Most health insurance providers don’t cover cosmetic surgery expenses, so you have to take it out of your own pocket. Your surgeon can give you an exact estimate regarding the cost of the cheek implants surgery. More or less though, cheek implants cost around $3,500 on average. Some factors can affect the cost of the cheek implants surgical procedure, and these are:

  • Where your surgery will be performed. Is it an ambulatory, or an office-based, or a hospital facility? The cost will differ according to the location where your surgery will be performed.
  • Your surgeon. How well-known and the level of the expertise of your surgeon will be put into consideration.
  • Where your surgeon is located. A surgeon’s professional fee may vary according to where he or she is located because some cities have a higher cost of living.
  • Medical tests and check-ups might be needed before the surgery. You may need to undergo medical tests and follow-ups with your surgeon to avoid complications during and after surgery.
  • Anesthesia. Will it be a local anesthetic with IV, oral sedation or a general anesthetic?

By: Dr. Ben Talei

Cheek Implants Surgical Procedure

Different options will be discussed with your surgeon regarding the surgical techniques and anesthesia. A local anesthetic with IV, oral sedation, or a general anesthetic can be used when performing a cheek implant surgery.

The implants are usually inserted through the mouth, or underneath the lower eyelids. If inserted through the lower eyelids, the incision will be made beneath the eyelids, so that the eyelashes can conceal the incision.

The most popular material used is solid silicone implants. Other options include Gore-Tex® and Medor® implants. Gore-Tex® is made from expanded polytetraflouroethylene. Medor® is an implant which comes with the facial tissue to integrate the implant with the bone over time.

The duration of the cheek implant surgery alone usually takes about 30-45 minutes.

How to Prepare for the Surgery

When you have decided to undergo surgery and get the results that you’re hoping for, you should prepare well for the surgical procedure.

Following your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions is vital to the success of your surgery.

These are the guidelines that are usually given by your surgeon:

  • You’re required to have medical evaluations and testing before the surgery. This is to ensure your readiness for the surgery and to avoid complications during the surgical procedure.
  • No drinking and smoking two months before the surgery.
  • You should provide a detailed and accurate medical history. This should include the medications that you’re currently taking.
  • To avoid increase bleeding during the surgery, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements should not be taken before the surgery.
  • You should be accompanied by a loved one or a friend when you undergo surgery. This way, you won’t have to go to the surgical facility by yourself. Having someone drive you to the facility will make you feel at ease because surgeries can make you feel anxious.

Recovery Period

Bruising and swelling after surgery is normal. However, it should subside within two weeks. Cold compresses help in minimizing the discomfort. Make sure to apply it to the area where the incision was made.

These are the things that can help for a faster healing process:

  • If incisions were made in your mouth, always rinse with mouthwash to minimize the possibility of infection at the incision area.
  • If incisions were made beneath your eye, your eyes should be lubricated with eye drops as often as possible. It’s best that you consult your post-operative surgeon which eye drops you’ll have to use.
  • Rest and avoid any physical activities that’ll require you to exert a lot of effort for six weeks. Physical activities might misplace the implants and open the sutures.
  • To prevent the fluid from accumulating around the implants, you should keep the head elevated, especially during sleeping time. Find yourself a comfortable sleeping position that’ll enable you to raise your head.
  • It’s best that you eat soft and nourishing food for ten days to avoid discomfort caused by chewing solid food. Having a soft diet can ensure that the sutures in your mouth won’t be disturbed.
  • To minimize swelling and make sure that implants stay in place, you should wear the bandage provided to you for a week after the surgery.
  • Only return to work or your daily activities when you have received the go-signal from your surgeon.
  • Never miss follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon.
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